TUFTS Health Plan Foundation Awards $50,000 to Enterprise Community Partners

Initiative promotes the expansion of a health and housing learning collaborative

WATERTOWN, MA – July 25, 2017 – Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced a grant of $50,000 to Enterprise Community Partners to expand its health and housing learning collaborative to include Boston-area community development corporations (CDCs) and build their capacity to serve older adults. The grant reflects the Foundation’s commitment to building healthier communities by promoting collaboration and improving systems and best practices.

“Our investments focus on improving community livability and addressing inequities to help older adults live healthier, fulfilling lives,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. “Every community has different needs and opportunities. We want to honor communities where they are and catalyze health improvements for older adults and the entire community.”

Boston-area CDCs are beginning to focus more specifically on the needs of older adults. In addition to inviting them to join the learning collaborative to learn about best practices, potential service partnerships and linkages between housing and health, Enterprise Community Partners will provide technical assistance to help CDCs develop senior housing strategies and identify capital and service needs.

“With nearly 23,000 seniors in the Boston-area, 73 percent of whom are low income, the need for affordable housing and support services is significant, especially because the over 65-year-old cohort will experience the largest growth over the next 20 years,” says Alma Balonon-Rosen, director of national initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners. “We are grateful to partner with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to help build the capacity of local community development organizations to better serve the specific needs of this growing population.”

The grant is part of Enterprise’s national Health and Housing Initiative which seeks to increase collaboration between the health and housing sectors to lower health care costs, improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities among residents living in affordable housing, and establish health as an essential factor in community development and quality housing as an essential factor in improving the health of low-income families.

In all, Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced 21 new grants totaling more than $1.7 million and representing collaborations with more than 200 community organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.   

About Tufts Health Plan Foundation grant program

Tufts Health Plan Foundation awards grants twice a year. Interested organizations should submit a letter of intent (LOI) through the online system accessible via www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org. Letters of intent for the Policy and Advocacy grant cycle are due on July 20, 2017. 

About the Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given nearly $26 million to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older adults. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults, and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

About Enterprise Community Partners

Enterprise is a proven and powerful nonprofit that improves communities and people's lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together the nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investments to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. Over 35 years, Enterprise has created nearly 470,000 homes, invested $28.9 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.​